HMAT A66 Uganda
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|Name||HMAT A66 Uganda|
|Builder/Built||Alexander Stephen & Sons, Glasgow|
|Type||passenger / carg steamship|
Built for the British Steam Navigation Company, Glasgow & London. Carried only 17 passengers, primarily used for Indian and Australian services.
Initially used as an Ambulance transport, she was converted at Cockatoo Island Drydock in May 1915 to transport 136 troops and 180 horses. Between 1915 and 1916 she made four trips from Australia carrying troops.
On 17 Jun 1916, off Marseilles she was attacked by an enemy submarine, and was hit several times by shellfire. The Uganda fired back, and it is thought her sixth shell hit the submarine which submerged. Management of the ship was transferred to the British Admiralty on 4 Dec 1916.
On 29 May 1918 she was again attacked, this time by torpedoes, off Majorca, 150 km north of Algiers by U-Boat UB49. The Uganda sank two days later, without loss of life.